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Places to Go, Things To Do In Omaha
June 1 – June 3 (Be careful not to break silence)
The 21st Annual Taste of Omaha is a free celebration of local restaurants and businesses. Located downtown in Heartland of America Park, the festival, which includes live entertainment, will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. See more specifics at their homepage.
June 8 – June 10 (Be careful not to break silence)
The Summer Arts Festival showcases local artists, musicians, and even has a tasting event of its own. Celebrating it’s 44th year, the Festival takes place downtown on Farnam Street, from 10th to 15th Street. It will be open Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can find details on all the events at their website.
June 16-June 26/27
If you come to Omaha for a summer and don’t turn out for the College World Series, you will miss out on an integral part of baseball history! These guys play their hearts out for the love of the game! This is the eighth year the CWS takes place in the TD Ameritrade Stadium. To learn more about the game schedule, visit their website.
June 21-July 8
Every summer, the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival puts on two different Shakespearian plays. This is the 31st season of Shakespeare on the Green. This year’s plays are Much Ado About Nothing and King John. Each week, Thursday through Sunday, the players perform one show. There will also be a later show on Monday, July 2nd. The performance begins at 8:00 p.m, but you can arrive as early as 5:30 p.m. for pre-show activities. The outdoor theater is located between Elmwood Park and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, near 60th and Dodge Streets. You can bring your own blankets, chairs and food. There is also food and drink for sale near the entrance. For more information, visit their website.
Just blocks away from campus at 24th and Dodge. A contemplative place to pray and admire works of art, and it is free! Call 402-342-3300 or visit their website.
The AAA baseball team in Omaha. You can see them play at Werner Park, located off of I-80 West at the Hwy 370 exit. For game times, call them at 402-734-2550 or visit their website.
Omaha’s premier botanical garden. A beautiful place to pray and wander, you can visit them at 100 Bancroft Street. Find out more about their current showcases by calling their office at 402-346-4002 or visiting them online.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing a variety of cultural films. From old classics to new films, there is always something to discuss and view at Film Streams. Two locations, one just a short walk from campus on 1340 Mike Fahey Street, the other about a 10 minute drive at 4952 Dodge Street, you can call them at 402-933-0259 or view their website to learn what’s currently showing.
A must-see and named “The World’s Best Zoo” by tripadvisor in 2014. Admission is about $21.95, but the visit is well worth it. The zoo is located on 3701 South 10th Street. Call 402-733-8401 or visit the website for more information.
Consider visiting if you are a history buff. Information on temporary and permanent exhibits can be found at their website. The museum is located on 801 South 10th Street (about 10 minutes from Creighton’s campus). Their phone number is 402-444-5071.
This footbridge opened on September 28, 2008. It is 3,000 ft long (the longest pedestrian bridge to link two states), with 150 miles of trail on either side of the river. Great for a walk or to view the mighty Missouri River! Approved parking places are: the Lewis and Clark Landing, Millers Landing, Heartland of America Park and on nights and weekends, the National Parks Service Building.
Too many good ones to list! Your task is to ask any locals you meet, “What’s your favorite restaurant?” Then you can spend the summer deciding for yourself.
Food within quick walking distance of campus include McDonald’s and Subway (along 24th and Cuming Streets), the café at the Joslyn Art Museum (24th and Dodge), and The Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill, located just west of the CenturyLink Center on 13th and Cass Streets. The Old Market is just a little further south and has numerous restaurants from which to choose.
Nearby golf courses include:
Benson (5333 N. 72nd Street) 402-444-4626
Elmwood (6232 Pacific Street) 402-444-4683
Shoreline (210 Locust Street, Carter Lake, IA) 712-347-5173
Warren Swigart Par 3 (3865 Parkview Drive) 402-444-4623
Milt’s Golf Center Par 3 (6402 Q Street) 402-731-2001
Dodge Riverside Park (2 Harrahs Blvd, Council Bluffs, IA) 712-328-4660
To walk to a park (about a mile away), go east along the commons to 20th Street, go right/south on 20th to Douglas, then turn east again (left) on Douglas. The Gene Leahy Mall starts at 14th and Douglas. This linear park runs all the way to the river, where it connects with Heartland Park and Lewis and Clark landing.
Gifford Park (about a mile away) is between 33rd and 35th Streets from east to west and between California and Cass Streets from north to south. It has a baseball field and tennis courts. Stop at 33rd and California for a taco at California Taco.
Memorial Park is at 62nd and Dodge, and Elmwood Park starts near 64th and Dodge Street and runs southwest to Pacific (behind the University of Nebraska at Omaha).
Find other Omaha green spaces here.
If you need to see some trees, Fontenelle Nature Association has nature centers and trails north and south of town. For further information call 402-731-3140 or look them up online.
Two pretty State parks within 30 minutes of Creighton are Mahoney and the Platte River. Go here to find out more.
Tennis and Trails
See the city’s pages for information on public tennis courts and trails. Good trails for running, biking and rollerblading include Field Club, Keystone, Papio, and a short one at Lewis and Clark Landing. The Wabash Trace Tail is unpaved and runs more than 60 miles through southwest Iowa (call 712-246-4444 or see their website for more information). A daily user pass is $1.00, while an annual pass is $12.00. Every Thursday evening between May and October, there is a bike ride along the Wabash Trace to a Mineola Steakhouse for their evening Taco Special (known locally as the Taco Ride).
For more events, check the Thursday “GO!” section of the Omaha-World Herald each week or go online for further options of what to do in Omaha.